It is one of the longest away trips in European rugby this season, but Timisoara Saracens’ 1,336-mile journey to Northampton will have felt nowhere near as long as their time on the Franklin’s Gardens pitch.
On Friday night the Romanian minnows were obliterated 111-3 by the Saints as the Premiership side racked up 17 tries and recorded their biggest-ever European victory.
When the teams were supposed to meet for the first time in December the match was abandoned 30 minutes before kick-off due to heavy snow. This time the elements could not save the visitors.
Ollie Sleightholme grabbed four tries, Alex Mitchell completed a hat-trick, Mitch Eadie went over twice and Alex Coles marked his European debut with a score as the hosts saw 11 different players run in tries during the demolition job.
Saints had secured their bonus point as early as the 23rd minute at Franklin’s Gardens with Luther Burrell, Reece Marshall, Rory Hutchinson and all going over in quick succession.
Timisoara made it onto the scoreboard with a penalty after 11 minutes from Luke Samoa but they barely advanced into Saints territory as the hosts ran riot.
Andrew Kellaway, Lewis Ludlam, Nafi Tuitavake and Tom Collins also scored tries for a rampant Saints team as they secured their place in the quarter-finals from pool one.